Jaunuary 19, 1935 – January 29, 2017
Murray’s family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all the thoughfu expressions of love and kindness by relitives and friends during ther time of loss and
Murray A. Claughton passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 29th with his wife Betty at his side. Predeceased by his parents and younger brother George and daughter Karen, Murray is survived by his wife Betty; son, Kevin, and granddaughter, Meaghan. Murray is lovingly remembered by many family members and friends.
Born and raised in Vernon, BC, Murray was involved in various sports, lacrosse and especially hockey, a passion of his dad’s. Known not to be idle, his love of travel and work drew him to many places; Australia, Fiji, and many areas of Canada, including the Yukon, accompanied by his school mate Stan. With travel out of his system, he settled in Alberta and was mainly self employed which gave him free time to pursue his dream of fishing the many lakes and rivers around Calgary. This is where he met his future wife Betty. He felt it was important to rescue her from “America” where she worked as a nurse. In short time they were married. The family resided first in Kitimat, BC and relocated to Comox, Vancouver Island where they built their dream log home. Later, Murray and Betty moved to Bamfield, BC, where they owned and operated Seabeam Fishing Resort, fulfilling a lifetime ambition. This business brought in friends and customers from all over, and extended into Los Cabos, Mexico, where Murray operated a marlin fishing charter business during the winter season. After retirement, Murray devoted much time to oil painting, and fulfilling another lifetime ambition, completing his book, a memoir and collection of stories. This book, The Fisherman Artist is available at amazon.com.
Murray was a grateful patient of Dr. Pedro Camacho, at the St. Joseph Cancer Clinic, who helped extend his life so as to be able to accomplish his dream: the publishing of his memoirs and life stories enjoyed by so many. Thank you to Dr. Muehlenberg and other health care providers at the hospital.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honour Murray’s memory
may do so my making a donation in his name to either
the St. Joseph Cancer Clinic in Comox, or to
Ty Watson Hospice in Port Alberni.